Thursday, January 18, 2001

NKU cuts hike for non-Ky. students

By Ben L. Kaufman
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        In a concession to regional competition, Northern Kentucky University on Wednesday reduced a planned tuition increase for nonresident undergrads.

        NKU also created a new degree to bring outsiders into K-12 teaching by allowing them to keep their day jobs while earning a master of arts in teaching.

        In September, NKU trustees proposed a 5.5 percent rise in annual nonresident tuition.

        Instead, on Wednesday, they adopted a 1.8 percent increase for the 2001-02 academic year.

        Full-time nonresident students — about 1,700 undergrads who are not eligible for other waivers — will pay $6,528 in the coming academic year, an increase of $120.

        In-state undergrads will pay $2,280 during the coming year, an increase of $120, or 5.5 percent.

        “This proposal is designed to increase enrollment and retention of out-of-state residents,” the board said, and it eases increases that were “coming close to pricing NKU out of an increasingly competitive market.”

        Potential benefits to NKU include:

        • More students and graduates.

        • More minority students and dorm residents.

        • Increased total income from students who might otherwise have gone elsewhere.

        The new teaching degree also begins this fall. It assumes that candidates have bachelor's degrees and want to change careers but are unwilling to quit working for 18 to 24 months to complete a conventional education degree.

        The first four semesters in the master's degree involve part-time studies. Only the fifth and final semester is full time.

        Initial classes will focus on preparing teachers for middle and high schools.


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